Nestlé, Tim Hortons named Canada’s top plastic polluters | CBC News
Nestlé, Tim Hortons named Canada’s top plastic polluters Nestlé, Tim Hortons named Canada’s top plastic polluters Much of the plastic trash cleaned up from Canadian shorelines by volunteers in September could be traced back five companies: Nestlé, Tim Hortons, PepsiCo, the Coca-Cola Company and McDonald’s, an audit led by Greenpeace Canada has found. Recyclability doesn’t seem to help keep trash out of waterways, Greenpeace audit finds Emily Chung · CBC News · Posted: Oct 10, 2018 4:00 AM ET 10 For World Cleanup Day on Sept. 15, Greenpeace co-ordinated a cleanup activity and plastic polluter brand audit in several Canadian cities, including one in Toronto’s Don Valley. Nestlé and Tim Hortons were the top two companies responsible for the branded plastic found.(Stan Williams/Greenpeace)
Woman who spent £16m in Harrods revealed – BBC News
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Zamira Hajiyeva once spent £150,000 in a single day in Harrods, west London A woman who spent £16m at Harrods in a decade can now be identified as Zamira Hajiyeva – the first target for the UK’s new anti-corruption law. Mrs Hajiyeva lost a legal battle to stay anonymous after the media argued the public should know the full facts. Originally from Azerbaijan, she is the wife of an ex-state banker. She risks losing her £15m home near the London store and a Berkshire golf course if she fails to explain the source of her wealth to the High Court. Under the terms of the UK’s first ever Unexplained Wealth Order, Mrs Hajiyeva, 55, must now provide the National Crime Agency with a clear account of how she and her husband, Jahangir Hajiyev, could afford to buy their large home in the exclusive London neighbourhood of Knightsbridge. Mrs Hajiyeva’s lawyers said the UWO “does not and should not be taken to imply any wrongdoing”, by her or her husband. They have applied for permission to appeal against the order. What is an Unexplained Wealth Order? A UWO is a new power which has been designed to target suspected corrupt foreign officials who have potentially laundered stolen money through the UK. Investigators from the National Crime Agency believe there are billions of pounds of dirty money invested in British property – but it is almost impossible to charge the owners with a crime or seize the assets because of a lack of evidence. The new Unexplained Wealth Orders are an attempt to force the owners to disclose their wealth. If a suspected corrupt foreign official, or their family, cannot show a legitimate source for their riches, then the National Crime Agency can apply to the High Court to seize the property. Who are the couple at the centre of this first action? Jahangir Hajiyev is the former chairman of the International Bank of Azerbaijan. He was jailed in 2016 for 15 years after being convicted of being part of a major fraud and embezzlement that saw tens of millions of pounds disappear from the bank. Judges also ordered him to repay $39m. Seven years earlier, a company based in the British Virgin Islands paid £11.5m for a large home, just minutes’ walk from Harrods in west London. Its current market value is estimated at £15m. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jahangir Hajiyev – husband of Zamira Hajiyeva The High Court heard that the ultimate owners were Mrs Hajiyeva and her husband. In 2013, another company controlled by Mrs Hajiyeva spent more than £10m buying Mill Ride Golf Club in Berkshire, a plush course and estate near Ascot. The Home Office gave Mrs Hajiyeva permission to live in the UK under a visa scheme for wealthy investors. How much money did the couple bring to the UK? During a High Court hearing in July, in which the couple were known only as Mr and Mrs A, it was revealed that Mrs Hajiyeva had an enormous amount of disposable income. Over ten years she spent more than £16m in Harrods – the equivalent of more than £4,000 a day. Examples of her big spending, revealed to the court, included £150,000 spent on a single day on Boucheron – a luxury jewellery, perfume and watches brand. The next day, the court heard, she topped up the wine cellar by spending £1,800. On another occasion she spent £100,000 on Cartier jewellery and £20,000 on luxury men’s goods. Mrs Hajiyeva used three store loyalty cards and 35 credit cards issued by her husband’s bank. Image caption The couple’s home in west London, a short walk from Harrods In a ruling upholding the Unexplained Wealth Order, Mr Justice Supperstone said: “I agree with the NCA that this evidence is significant in the light of the reports of Mr A’s trial that allegations made against him included abuse of his position at the Bank by issuing credit cards in the names of family members, through which large debts were run up against the Bank.” Official records reveal the couple also own two dedicated bays within the private Harrods car park and Mrs Hajiyeva also bought a $42m Gulfstream G550 jet. Duncan Hames, director of policy at Transparency International UK, said the pressure group was “delighted” at the use of the Unexplained Wealth Order. “UWOs should now be used more widely to pursue more of the £4.4 billion worth of suspicious wealth we have identified across the UK,” he said. Does Mrs Hajiyeva admit doing anything wrong? No – she says she is innocent of the accusations and tried to challenge the Unexplained Wealth Order after it was imposed in February. Lawyers for Mrs Hajieyva told the High Court that she and her husband are suffering a massive injustice. “The decision of the High Court upholding the grant of an Unexplained Wealth Order against Zamira Hajiyeva does not and should not be taken to imply any wrongdoing, whether on her part or that of her husband,” they said in a statement. “The NCA’s case is that the UWO is part of an investigative process, not a criminal procedure, and it does not involve the finding of any criminal offence.” Jahangir Hajiyev denies defrauding his bank – but has unsuccessfully appealed against his conviction. His lawyers say that he fell out with Azerbaijan’s corrupt ruling family and paid the price. He is asking the European Court of Human Rights to intervene in his case. During her unsuccessful challenge to the Unexplained Wealth Order, Mrs Hajiyeva said her husband was a legitimate businessman who had become independently wealthy thanks to a string of successful businesses, before becoming a chairman at the bank. But the National Crime Agency told the court that Mr Hajiyev had been a state employee between 1993 and 2015 – and as an official he would not have had the means to amass the wealth investigators have traced. More on this story
Army investigates Tommy Robinson photo with soldiers – BBC News
Army investigates Tommy Robinson photo with soldiers 9 October 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Tommy Robinson/Facebook The Army is investigating after far-right activist Tommy Robinson posted a photo of himself surrounded by a group of young soldiers.
The former English Defence League leader also put a video of the scene on Facebook, in which the men could be heard cheering and shouting his name.
The Army said it was aware of the posts and “investigating the circumstances”.
A spokeswoman said: “Far-right ideology is completely at odds with the values and ethos of the armed forces.”
She added: “The armed forces have robust measures in place to ensure those exhibiting extremist views are neither tolerated nor permitted to serve.”
The photograph and video appear to have been taken outside a motorway service area and Mr Robinson described the group as “young recruits”.
Mr Robinson wrote on Facebook: “A moment like this makes it all worth while. Today I met real British heroes (sic).”
Responding to news of the investigation, Mr Robinson said in a video post that he had met the soldiers “by chance” and they should not be “left hung out to dry” for having their photo taken with him.
Imam Asim Hafiz, Islamic religious adviser to the armed forces, said “any form of racism, discrimination or extremism is taken extremely seriously and will be dealt with accordingly”.
He added: “The armed forces remain absolutely committed to welcoming individuals from across all faiths and cultures into its ranks.”
The Muslim Council of Britain said Mr Robinson “does not represent our armed forces, however much he tries to claim otherwise” and welcomed the “swift statement by the Army in disassociating itself from the far right”. Related Topics
Prime Minister appoints minister for suicide prevention – BBC News
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Hannah Lewis – who campaigns for improvements to mental health services having suffered from panic attacks, anxiety and suicidal thoughts as a teenager – said that it can be a year before someone who is referred for help actually begins treatment.
She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Mental health is known to deteriorate when you are left without help, and you can only imagine how things got worse with me.” Image caption Hannah Lewis said her mental health issues dated back to when she was a child
Ms Lewis welcomed the government’s announcement – especially the proposals to bring more awareness of mental health into schools – but she added: “More joined-up working at schools and early intervention is great, but we need to make sure then there are sufficient services to be signposted to.”
Mrs Doyle-Price, who has been an MP since 2010, will now become the minister for mental health, inequalities and suicide prevention.
As health is devolved separately to the UK’s four nations, her role will include making sure each local area in England has effective plans to stop unnecessary deaths and to look into how technology could help identify those at risk. Image copyright UK Parliament Image caption Jackie Doyle-Price has been the MP for Thurrock since 2010
She said she understood the “tragic, devastating and long-lasting” effect of suicide on families, having met some of those bereaved.
“It’s these people who need to be at the heart of what we do,” she added.
Manchester University’s Prof Louis Appleby, one of the country’s leading experts on suicide, said having a minister for suicide prevention would “open doors” and make it easier to have conversations about the role such things as benefits and online gambling have in suicidal people’s lives.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the appointment would also help with getting support for mental illness on a par with services for physical health.
“There is a long road to travel to get there. This is not something you solve overnight,” he said. #ICryBecause
Hurricane Michael: ‘Monstrous’ storm set to hit Florida – BBC News
Devastation as Michael makes landfall Hurricane Michael – a category four storm with winds reaching 155mph (250km/h) – has made landfall in Florida’s north-west Panhandle region.
According to the National Hurricane Center, the eye of the storm touched land near Mexico Beach, Florida, on Wednesday afternoon.
Hundreds of thousands were told to evacuate but many have not fled.
Florida Governor Rick Scott warned of “unimaginable devastation”, saying it would be the worst storm in 100 years.
How to survive a monster storm Are hurricanes getting worse? At least 13 people reportedly died in Central America over the weekend as a result of storm rains and floods.
According to the Associated Press, six people were killed in Honduras, four in Nicaragua and three in El Salvador.
Michael is expected to move quickly up the US East Coast, dumping rains on regions that are already saturated from Hurricane Florence last month.
In their latest advisory, the National Hurricane Center warned coastal residents “not to venture out into the relative calm of the eye, as hazardous winds will increase very quickly as the eye passes”.
Hurricane Michael strikes Florida More than 370,000 people in Florida have been ordered to evacuate and move to higher ground, but officials estimate that far fewer have actually left.
“Do not leave your house,” Florida Governor Rick Scott said on Wednesday, hours before landfall.
“The worst thing you can do now is leave,” he said, adding that those who do “put yourself and your family in danger”.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Cooter Stew Cafe in Saint Marks, Florida, is an early victim of storm surge Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Brock Long told the president at the White House that he was especially concerned about buildings that were built before 2001, and are not able to withstand category three winds.
“We just hope those the structures can hold up. And if not, that they’re not in those structures,” Mr Trump responded.
Florida has declared a state of emergency, as have Alabama and Georgia.
Images on social media show scenes of flooding and wind damage.
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What are latest developments? The hurricane made landfall at around 14:00 (18:00 GMT), according to the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) .
The NHC warned of a life-threatening storm surge, hurricane force winds and heavy rainfall along the north-eastern Gulf coast.
It said some regions of Florida may experience storm surges of up to 14ft (4m).
Hurricane Michael as seen from space And “life-threatening” flash floods may occur as a result of up to 12in (30cm) of rain.
A guide to the world’s deadliest storms On the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, category four includes winds of up to 156mph with possible severe damage to even well-built homes and trees being felled.
Hurricanes A guide to the world’s deadliest storms
Hurricanes are violent storms that can bring devastation to coastal areas, threatening lives, homes and businesses.
Hurricanes develop from thunderstorms, fuelled by warm, moist air as they cross sub-tropical waters.
Warm air rises into the storm.
Air swirls in to fill the low pressure in the storm, sucking air in and upwards, reinforcing the low pressure.
The storm rotates due to the spin of the earth and energy from the warm ocean increases wind speeds as it builds.
When winds reach 119km/h (74mph), it is known as a hurricane – in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific – or a typhoon in the Western Pacific.
“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face. Well, we’re about to get punched in the face.”
Florida Mayor Bob Buckhorn, ahead of Hurricane Irma (2017)
The central eye of calmer weather is surrounded by a wall of rainstorms.
This eyewall has the fastest winds below it and violent currents of air rising through it.
A mound of water piles up below the eye which is unleashed as the storm reaches land.
These storm surges can cause more damage from flooding than the winds.
“Urgent warning about the rapid rise of water on the SW FL coast with the passage of #Irma’s eye. MOVE AWAY FROM THE WATER!”
Tweet from the National Hurricane Center
The size of hurricanes is mainly measured by the Saffir-Simpson scale – other scales are used in Asia Pacific and Australia.
Some minor flooding, little structural damage.
Storm surge +1.2m-1.5m
Roofs and trees could be damaged.
Storm surge +1.8m-2.4m
Houses suffer damage, severe flooding
Storm surge +2.7m-3.7m
Hurricane Sandy (2012) caused $71bn damage in the Caribbean and New York
Some roofs destroyed and major structural damage to houses.
Storm surge +4m-5.5m
Hurricane Ike (2008) hit Caribbean islands and Louisiana and was blamed for at least 195 deaths
Serious damage to buildings, severe flooding further inland.
Storm surge +5.5m
Hurricane Irma (2017) caused devastation in Caribbean islands, leaving thousands homeless
“For everyone thinking they can ride this storm out, I have news for you: that will be one of the biggest mistakes you can make in your life.”
Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin ahead of Hurricane Gustav, 2008
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Schools and state offices in the area are to remain shut this week.
On Wednesday, Gov Scott said he had activated 3,500 Florida National Guard troops.
Why do people ignore hurricane warnings? Heavy rains are forecast for the Carolinas, which were drenched by Hurricane Florence last month.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told residents: “I know people are fatigued from Florence, but don’t let this storm catch you with your guard down.”
More than 300 miles of coastline are currently under threat, the National Weather Service has said.
Forecasters in Alabama have warned of possible tornados.
Not everyone has fled By BBC’s Gary O’Donoghue in Florida
Driving through the streets of Panama City Beach this morning, there were almost no other cars on the road. Here and there the odd neon sign still glowed, but many houses and businesses were boarded up after an emergency evacuation order.
Not everyone though had heeded the instruction.
Dave Jackson, a man who remembers the devastation of Hurricane Andrew in southern Florida 26 years ago, has decided to stay, despite having a home just yards from the beach.
His house, he says, is built to withstand winds of 150mph and it’s just high enough above sea level that the predicted surge may well fall short.
Just along the road, Stacey and Michael Buckner sit in their car, staring out to sea. Their house is two blocks from the water, and they’ve chosen not to leave because of Michael’s elderly parents.
For the coming hours, Dave, Michael and Stacey are on their own – the emergency services are staying out of the storm and nature is about to take its course.
What cities will be hit hardest? Communities along the Florida Panhandle will feel the brunt of the hurricane first, with Tallahassee and Panama City Beach forecast to get over 6in of rain and winds that could reach at least 100mph.
Utility lines are expected to be damaged due to falling trees, leading to power outages.
But by Thursday, the storm will move up the coast and skies will clear allowing for “a massive wave of response and support”, said Gov Scott.
Southern Georgia will be hit next, with residents there warned to brace for possible flash floods.
Winds will die down as Michael pushes north into the soggy Carolinas with cities Columbia and Charlotte each forecasted to see up to 5in of rain.
Local officials warn people in the regions affected by Hurricane Florence last month – even those living far from waterways – to watch for landslides or flash flooding.
Western Cuba, including Havana, was struck by Hurricane Michael on Monday Ask a question